Man charged in fatal car crash involving Windsor man

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 8, 2015




MOUNT CLEMENS — A 35-year-old Harrison Township man has been charged in a December 2014 crash that killed a 65-year-old Canadian man.

David Scott McKinney turned himself in to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on June 29 and was arraigned via video on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony; operating while license suspended causing death, a 15-year felony; operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony; and operating while license suspended causing serious injury, a five-year felony.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, McKinney was driving a silver 2006 Ford Econoline van eastbound on North River Road at approximately 2:42 p.m. Dec. 13 when he veered into the westbound lane and struck another van driven by John McKee, of Windsor, Ontario. McKee’s 64-year-old wife was a passenger in the van.

At the scene, sheriff’s deputies observed McKinney outside his van, alert and talking. The McKees, however, were pinned inside their van, and rescue personnel had to extricate them. The two were transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

McKee succumbed to his injuries Dec. 14. His wife has reportedly recovered from the injuries that she sustained in the crash.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said McKinney had an “administratively revoked” driving privilege, and a medical test revealed that he was under the influence of difluoroethane, an inhalant, at the time of the crash.

McKinney’s Mount Clemens attorney, Mark Metry, could only say his client was aware that charges were forthcoming, and was contacted of that fact a day prior to turning himself in. “He wasn’t hiding,” he said.

McKinney was given a $25,000 cash-or-surety bond. He is due back in court on July 13.